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Keep Dad Healthy
Thinking of ways to show dad you care this Father's Day? There's no one-size-fits-all for nutrition, so make sure the men in your life get the nutrition they need to stay healthy as they age. It is important for men in their 40s and 50s to eat right to protect themselves from cancers, heart disease and other diseases. Plan meals around these foods to help keep Dad strong:
- Fiber. Eating fibrous foods, especially soluble fiber, can lower cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. Beans, whole grains and fruits and vegetables are fiber-rich foods.
- Vitamin D. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D can help reduce the risk of bone fractures. Vitamin D is naturally found in sunlight, some fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) and egg yolks. You can also get this vitamin from fortified foods such as milk, yogurt, cereal, orange juice or soy beverages. Remember to check the label.
- Antioxidants. These compounds bust the free radicals that react with components of the cell which increase your risk for chronic diseases. Antioxidants include berries and colorful plant foods.
- Vitamin B12. This vitamin works with folate to make red blood cells. Low levels of this vitamin have been linked to memory loss or age-related hearing loss. Meat, poultry, fish eggs and dairy foods are all good sources. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise individuals age 50 and older to consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals or dietary supplements.
In addition to making sure Dad is getting enough of these nutrients, limiting foods high in added fat and sugars is best to keep dad the healthiest. For more information, visit the Men's Health page and consult a registered dietitian in your area.
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